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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
12 1499 .242 .313 .306 .227 4.2
Birth Date10-28-1986
Height6' 1"
Weight205 lbs
Age32 years, 0 months, 24 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2009 NYN 22 17 59 53 2 17 2 1 0 21 4 5 0 2 0 9 1 0 .321 .356 .396 .273 2.5 -2.5 0.0
2010 NYN 23 73 227 202 17 56 7 1 3 74 24 25 1 0 0 17 1 0 .277 .357 .366 .264 11.7 -1.5 1.1
2011 NYN 24 114 386 340 22 91 17 0 3 117 38 47 4 3 1 40 0 2 .268 .345 .344 .256 11.9 5.8 1.9
2012 NYN 25 104 354 321 24 75 15 0 1 93 27 50 1 1 4 21 0 0 .234 .294 .290 .207 -1.8 10.9 1.0
2013 TOR 26 45 135 120 11 21 3 1 1 29 12 25 1 0 2 8 0 0 .175 .256 .242 .190 -3.2 0.8 -0.3
2014 TOR 27 57 150 133 11 33 4 0 0 37 14 25 0 0 7 0 3 .248 .320 .278 .224 -0.1 4.0 0.4
2015 TOR 28 18 52 49 5 10 2 0 0 12 3 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 .204 .250 .245 .174 -2.0 1.8 -0.0
2016 TOR 29 50 136 118 7 20 3 0 1 26 13 28 1 2 2 7 0 0 .169 .254 .220 .178 -6.5 7.9 0.1
Career4781499133699323533940913521488911125.242.313.306.22712.727.14.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2006 KNG Rk 36 110 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SAV A 117 458 .258 .257 .333 .384 .259 .310 96 -1.1 13.6 -7.1 -3.5 -1.3 4.2 0.1 4.2 0.1
2008 SLU A+ 111 402 .295 .252 .325 .370 .251 .325 98 15.4 11.9 2.6 -2.4 -5.5 24.4 2.2 24.4 2.2
2009 NYN MLB 17 59 .273 .268 .332 .413 .263 .340 96 0.8 1.7 1 -2.5 -1.0 2.5 0.0 2.5 0.0
2009 BIN AA 103 442 .294 .253 .329 .370 .262 .357 98 15.9 12.4 6 0.8 -2.1 32.2 3.4 32.2 3.4
2010 NYN MLB 73 227 .264 .250 .313 .392 .260 .305 88 0.9 6.3 3.5 -1.5 1.1 11.7 1.1 11.7 1.1
2010 BUF AAA 48 191 .267 .266 .334 .414 .257 .302 103 1.5 5.9 3.5 4.9 -1.3 9.6 1.4 9.6 1.4
2011 NYN MLB 114 386 .256 .252 .314 .391 .258 .300 96 -1.5 10.4 6 5.8 -3.0 11.9 1.9 11.9 1.9
2012 NYN MLB 104 354 .207 .258 .319 .408 .261 .273 97 -18.4 9.7 5.7 10.9 1.3 -1.8 1.0 -1.8 1.0
2012 BUF AAA 2 5 .144 .282 .333 .430 .246 .200 106 -0.7 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -0.5 -0.0 -0.5 -0.0
2013 TOR MLB 45 135 .190 .258 .319 .403 .266 .213 101 -9 3.6 1.9 0.8 0.4 -3.2 -0.3 -3.2 -0.3
2013 BUF AAA 41 167 .293 .257 .324 .390 .253 .345 104 6 4.8 2.3 -0.0 -2.2 10.9 1.1 10.9 1.1
2014 TOR MLB 57 150 .224 .253 .313 .385 .261 .306 103 -5 3.9 2.2 4.0 -1.2 -0.1 0.4 -0.1 0.4
2015 TOR MLB 18 52 .174 .255 .308 .414 .255 .250 105 -4.4 1.4 0.9 1.8 0.1 -2.0 -0.0 -2.0 -0.0
2015 BUF AAA 45 170 .243 .261 .325 .366 .258 .264 92 -3.1 4.7 2.9 10.9 -1.6 2.9 1.4 2.9 1.4
2016 TOR MLB 50 136 .178 .262 .322 .431 .261 .209 109 -11.3 3.8 2.3 7.9 -1.3 -6.5 0.1 -6.5 0.1
2018 ERI AA 21 76 .237 .249 .330 .384 .270 .275 101 -1.8 2.2 1.3 -2.8 0.4 2.1 -0.1 2.1 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 KNG Rk 110 13 23 4 0 1 12 7 25 1 1 .235 .306 .306 .071 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SAV A 458 46 104 17 0 0 36 61 57 4 4 .267 .369 .311 .044 .258 4.2 -3.5 0.1
2008 SLU A+ 402 49 104 25 2 5 56 45 38 2 1 .300 .385 .427 .127 .295 24.4 -2.4 2.2
2009 NYN MLB 59 2 17 2 1 0 9 4 5 1 0 .321 .356 .396 .075 .273 2.5 -2.5 0.0
2009 BIN AA 442 48 126 29 2 1 46 42 34 8 4 .328 .402 .422 .094 .294 32.2 0.8 3.4
2010 NYN MLB 227 17 56 7 1 3 17 24 25 1 0 .277 .357 .366 .089 .264 11.7 -1.5 1.1
2010 BUF AAA 191 20 44 19 1 2 17 22 25 0 0 .267 .354 .430 .164 .267 9.6 4.9 1.4
2011 NYN MLB 386 22 91 17 0 3 40 38 47 0 2 .268 .345 .344 .076 .256 11.9 5.8 1.9
2012 BUF AAA 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 .144 -0.5 -0.0 -0.0
2012 NYN MLB 354 24 75 15 0 1 21 27 50 0 0 .234 .294 .290 .056 .207 -1.8 10.9 1.0
2013 BUF AAA 167 18 48 5 1 7 31 14 25 0 1 .322 .383 .510 .188 .293 10.9 -0.0 1.1
2013 TOR MLB 135 11 21 3 1 1 8 12 25 0 0 .175 .256 .242 .067 .190 -3.2 0.8 -0.3
2014 TOR MLB 150 11 33 4 0 0 7 14 25 0 3 .248 .320 .278 .030 .224 -0.1 4.0 0.4
2015 TOR MLB 52 5 10 2 0 0 2 3 9 0 0 .204 .250 .245 .041 .174 -2.0 1.8 -0.0
2015 BUF AAA 170 12 34 5 0 0 17 20 20 0 0 .228 .320 .262 .034 .243 2.9 10.9 1.4
2016 TOR MLB 136 7 20 3 0 1 7 13 28 0 0 .169 .254 .220 .051 .178 -6.5 7.9 0.1
2018 ERI AA 76 11 15 1 0 1 10 8 14 1 0 .238 .320 .302 .063 .237 2.1 -2.8 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2009 218 0.5092 0.3853 0.9048 0.5315 0.2336 0.9661 0.7600 0.0952 111 -0.002944
2010 868 0.4942 0.4147 0.8806 0.5874 0.2460 0.9484 0.7222 0.1194 410 -0.007402
2011 1447 0.4616 0.4292 0.8680 0.6153 0.2696 0.9075 0.7905 0.1320 667 -0.005391
2012 1337 0.4892 0.4540 0.8435 0.6162 0.2987 0.8834 0.7647 0.1565 603 0.000891
2013 551 0.4973 0.4265 0.8468 0.6168 0.2383 0.8935 0.7273 0.1532 250 0.000083
2014 615 0.5138 0.4455 0.8285 0.6044 0.2776 0.8901 0.6867 0.1715 275 -0.003033
2015 194 0.5155 0.4330 0.7738 0.5100 0.3511 0.9020 0.5758 0.2262 91 0.004639
2016 544 0.5239 0.4283 0.8197 0.6175 0.2201 0.8920 0.5965 0.1803 0 0.000000
Career57740.49130.43260.85170.60380.26740.90540.73050.1483428.8131-0.0025

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-08 2012-06-01 15-DL 24 22 - Head Concussion Player Collision At Home Plate Admits To Three Possible Concussions - -
2011-09-02 2011-09-04 DTD 2 2 Left Wrist Contusion Foul Ball - -
2011-06-14 2011-06-14 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion HBP -
2009-07-01 2009-07-18 Minors 17 0 Left Thumb Dislocation Thumb -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 ARI $
2016 TOR $800,000
2015 TOR $1,750,000
2014 TOR $1,250,000
2013 TOR $1,250,000
2012 NYN $498,920
2011 NYN $420,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$5,968,920
6 yrTotal$5,968,920

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 165 dExcel Sports1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by Arizona as a free agent 1/9/18 (minor-league contract). Released by Arizona 3/18/18. Signed by Detroit as a free agent 6/23/18 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 1/25/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2016). Re-signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/4/15. DFA by Toronto 8/29/16. Elected free agency 8/30/16. Re-signed by Toronto as a free agent 8/31/16. Elected free agency 11/18/16.
  • 2 years/$2.5M (2013-14), plus 2015 club option. Re-signed by Toronto 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). 13:$1.25M, 14:$1.25M, 15: $1.75M club option. Toronto exercised 2015 option 11/1/14. Non-tendered by Toronto 12/2/15.
  • 1 year/$498,920 (2012). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/12. Acquired by Toronto in trade from NY Mets 12/17/12.
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2011). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/10/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by NY Mets 9/1/09.
  • Drafted by NY Mets 2005 (13-389) (Mater Dei HS, Breese, Ill.).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Picture this: Dickey deserves to make (and possibly start) the ASG. However, none of the presumed NL all-star catchers have experience catching a knuckler. Dickey lobbies to have Josh Thole added to roster as his "personal catcher". Request is turned down because now ... "the game counts" and Thole is not worthy of a spot on the roster. Comments?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Personally, I want Zack Greinke to start the All-Star Game just because it's in Kansas City. Others, like Dickey, are more likely candidates though.

As for the scenario, it's interesting. I can see it being a possibility, complete with Thole not making it. And I wouldn't be too saddened by it. Catchers may not be used to catching the knuckler, but I bet they can if necessary (especially for 2 innings). the more important consideration, though, is what La Russa thinks about catchers catching the knuckler. I bet he'd be happy to give Yadier Molina that chance. If Brian McCann is the starter though, he might think differently... (Larry Granillo)
2012-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Thole is off to a blistering start. Is there any chance that he will add power to his game?
(Steve N from Delaware)
No, I don't see it. Power is reputed to be the last tool to develop (though I tend to vote for either "wisdom" or "perspicacity"), but Thole's already 25 and nobody has ever projected him to hit for power. If he goes deep ten times this year, drop me a line and I'll send you a prize, so long as I can find a shipping box that can hold perspicacity. (Ken Funck)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the following four catchers in a 16 team Strat-O-Matic league where you can keep a guy forever if you like. Which do you like long term: Chris Iannetta, Ryan Hanigan, Josh Thole, Jason Castro? I'd love to have a stronger catcher, but that's not a possibility until next year's draft.
(jhardman from Strat-O-Matic land)
Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to play a strat-o-matic league before, so I'm not sure how all the specifics work, like how catcher defense is factored in. Hitting wise in regular roto terms, I like Iannetta the best. (Derek Carty)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two pitching questions: 1) What are the chances of Bumgarner finding that missing velocity? 2) Jenrry Mejia, 8th inning or Triple A? And Happy St Pat's
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Happy St. Pat's to you too, especially when it's such a gloriously beautiful day (here in Chicago, at least). I think Bumgarner's going to be fine, and would refer you to some of the things Kevin Goldstein has said about how, last year, he'd been allowed to throw too much between games, and that was the problem. I'd love to see Mejia stick around, in part because he'd be another guy to count among those story-changing youngsters that the organization does have almost ready. However, like Josh Thole, I can see taking their time and easing him in later on this season. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a believer in Josh Thole? He cant be worse than Schneider and Santos, right?
(brian from Brooklyn NY)
If that's your litmus test in me believing in him, then yet. Not a great defender, but can hit. Best comp I've heard from a scout is Darrin Fletcher. (Kevin Goldstein)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2007 afx 0 .000 0.0 501 -.001 0.1 9 .038 -.006 -0.2 -0.1 -3.5
2008 afa 0 .000 0.0 2853 -.001 0.6 69 .036 -.009 -1.2 -0.6 -2.4
2009 mlb 929 -.009 -1.2 534 .007 -1.1 6 -.001 -.001 0.0 -1.9 -2.5
2009 aax 0 .000 0.0 3937 -.001 0.8 74 .015 -.001 -0.6 -0.3 0.8
2010 aaa 3549 .012 6.6 2044 -.000 0.2 43 .025 -.002 -0.7 5.3 4.9
2010 mlb 3538 -.007 -3.3 2062 .001 -0.7 25 -.039 -.004 0.6 -4.3 -1.5
2011 mlb 5940 .003 2.7 3893 -.001 1.7 69 .000 .002 -0.0 3.7 5.8
2012 mlb 5851 .011 8.1 3780 -.002 2.6 67 .030 -.000 -1.2 9.2 10.9
2012 aaa 73 -.001 -0.0 38 -.000 0.0 1 .013 .000 -0.0 0.4 -0.0
2013 aaa 2700 .000 0.2 1519 -.001 0.3 38 .028 -.000 -0.7 -0.7 -0.0
2013 mlb 2157 .004 1.0 1342 -.002 0.7 28 .011 .009 -0.2 1.2 0.8
2014 mlb 2589 .011 3.6 1720 -.002 0.9 24 .043 .002 -0.6 3.9 4.0
2015 mlb 870 .008 0.9 551 -.007 1.0 5 .030 -.002 -0.1 1.8 1.8
2015 aaa 3261 .023 10.6 1748 -.001 0.3 28 .008 -.001 -0.1 10.6 10.9
2016 mlb 2414 .016 5.6 1723 -.007 2.6 22 .016 .003 -0.2 7.7 7.9
2018 aax 1552 -.011 -2.6 59 .000 -0.0 20 .015 -.002 -0.2 -2.8 -2.8

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